Center for Functional Medicine Physicians

Center for Functional Medicine Team Members

Kylene Bogden, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD

Kylene Bogden is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds a bachelor's degree in nutritional science from the University of Dayton, a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Akron and her accredited dietetic internship was completed at Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Kylene specializes in nutrition for those hoping to lead a more active lifestyle while taking into account weight loss/gain, autoimmune disease, food sensitivities, diabetes, eating disorders, and cardiovascular health. By creating personal fueling strategies, she has helped to improve the overall health and performance of a wide variety of patients.

Kylene has been quoted as an expert source in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, O Magazine, Time, Prevention, The Huffington Post, and Women’s Health Magazine. Additionally, she has been invited to speak on the local, regional and national level.

Her interests include world travel, fitness, and exploring the Cleveland food scene.

Liz DeJulius, RDN, LD

Liz DeJulius is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. She obtained her Bachelor’s of science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Liz completed her 45-week accredited dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic where she rotated in specialties including neurology, hepatology, surgical intensive care, pediatrics, cardiology, outpatient nutrition, wellness and functional medicine. She will acquire a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education through Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in June 2017. Additionally, Liz is continuously educating herself on functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine’s advance practice modules and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dietary practice groups and certification courses.

Liz specializes in providing nutrition interventions to treat autoimmune disease, food sensitivities and allergies, picky eating, and weight management. Through functional medicine approaches, Liz has been able to successfully help patients of all ages combat problems such as intestinal permeability and candida overgrowth to begin a more comfortable, nourished life.

Liz has been quoted in reputable publications including, Consumer Reports, and Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials. She is devoted to a life of wellness as she enjoys cooking and recipe development, teaching barre fitness classes, reading and traveling.

Karen Fireman, LISW-S, MS

Karen earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work in 1980, where she was trained in both individual and group work. Since then she has worked in various hospitals and in a private counseling agency where she provided Psychotherapy to adults, children, and couples. She has been employed at the Cleveland Clinic since 1999 working with patients on Medical, Psychiatric/Chemical Dependency units, and in Outpatient clinics as well as in the Emergency Department. Prior to joining Functional Medicine, she was a member of the Taussig Cancer Center Psycho Oncology Team. Karen has worked extensively with victims of Domestic Violence, has developed DV programs in the community, and has presented both locally and internationally about Domestic Violence. She was recently the Chairman of the Domestic Violence Committee for the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise. For 10 years, Karen was a Preceptor for Advanced Communication Skills course in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She provided medical students with the necessary skills to be able to interact with patients in addressing their overall physical and emotional needs.

As a Behavioral Health Therapist, Karen comes to the Center for Functional Medicine with an extensive clinical background which she implements in the assessment and treatment of patients with challenging emotional issues that impact their daily functioning and overall physical wellbeing. When not at work, Karen is involved in her community and with her family.

Ryanne Lachman, RDN, LD

Ryanne Lachman is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specialized in Function Medicine Nutrition. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Wellness from Ohio University in Athens, OH and completed an 11-month accredited dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic.  She is currently acquiring a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science through Case Western Reserve University. Ryanne is published in “Weight Matters”, the quarterly newsletter of the Weight Management dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and specializes in helping patients achieve a healthy weight for good!

Ryanne has successfully improved patient vitality and health through the function medicine, patient-centered approach.  In her free time, Ryanne loves to try new recipes, read, and competitive sail in venues across the country.

Lindsay Malone, MS, RD, CSO, LD

Lindsay Malone is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. After working for several years and training for a marathon she became interested in nutrition and went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.

She served as the primary dietitian for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center for 5 years and has a special interest in cancer and the role that food plays in prevention, treatment and survivorship. She firmly believes that good food is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and in times of illness, can serve as the perfect medicine.

Outside of work, she enjoys running, cooking and reading.

Mary E. Miller-Wilson, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Mary E. Miller-Wilson, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, became a registered nurse in 2006 and went on to complete her master's degree in 2010 at the University of Michigan. She worked on a cardiothoracic unit at the Detroit Medical Center while completing graduate school. Upon graduating as a nurse practitioner, she worked in a suburban hospital setting as a hospitalist. It was in this traditional healthcare environment that she began to experience a profound paradigm shift in the way she viewed illness, wellness and the treatment of chronic disease conditions. Because the cornerstone of the nurse practitioner profession is that of health promotion and disease prevention, she soon became disillusioned with the traditional healthcare model.

While in graduate school, Mary became a patient in a local Functional Medicine practice where she was exposed firsthand to the tenets of Functional Medicine; an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices, sound nutrition, daily exercise and stress reduction. She ultimately joined this practice and has undergone extensive training in Functional Medicine for the last four years.

Mary's personal interests include public speaking, spinning, pilates and running after her three grandchildren!

Yvonne Mitchell, Health & Wellness Coach

Yvonne is a Certified Holistic Life and Health Coach, Workshop leader and speaker. She received coach training from the Coach Training Institute and is certified by the Life Purpose and Spiritual Coaching Institute, Global Association of Holistic Psychotherapists and Coaches, the Health Coach Institute, Grief Recovery Institute, and Mind Body University among others. She has also received Hypnotherapy Training from the Wellness Institute and is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. She uses customized, innovative techniques to assure personal breakthroughs and transformations for her patients. Yvonne specializes in helping individuals and groups identify key passions and their unique life purpose. She facilitates life redesign and reinvention in health, career, spirituality, relationships, finances, retirement and restoration following personal loss. She allows nothing to stand in the way of her patients achieving their best possible lives.

When she is not continuing her lifelong education, Yvonne enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Prior to relocating from Chicago back to her hometown here in Greater Cleveland, she served on the board of trustees of her church and as a chaplain, and in similar volunteer capacities for a national women's group and a wellness center. She will serve in even greater ways now that she is home again.

Erica Stepteau, MPH, CHC

Erica is very passionate about Health & Wellness. It all started for her in 2009 when she lost over sixty pounds through a lifestyle change, so she knows what it takes to reach a lofty personal health goal. Couple that with nearly 5 years of experience helping others get in the driver’s seat of their wellness, and she’s an ideal personal advocate for health. Erica received her Master’s in Public Health and became a certified Health Coach. She specializes in Mind-Body Nutrition, Positive Coaching, Weight-Loss, Kinesiology, and Stress Management.

During her free time she enjoys implementing HGTV various interior design ideas in her home and site seeing. Erica’s quote: “When you feel healthy, strong and pampered, your brain automatically thinks abundant thoughts, and you start attracting more goodness into your life”! Her daily focus is to keep the Mind Right. Body Tight. Soul Light.

Rachel Stockle, MS, LD, RDN

Rachel Stockle is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ashland University and went on to complete her dietetic internship, and began her Master’s Degree through Cedar Crest College. While finishing her internship she completed a 10 week rotation with Human Nutrition at Cleveland Clinic within the Digestive Disease Institute, where she gained a great foundation for treatment of many different disease states. She is currently an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Dietetics Practice Group.

In her previous two roles, as a School Nutrition Consultant and a Supermarket Dietitian, she was able to reach a large audience, teaching them how to cook, plan, and prepare meals in innovative ways to meet health needs of many populations. Rachel believes that with these key skills, anyone can be successful in achieving their nutrition goals for prevention and treatment of disease because the journey begins with food!

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, photography, cooking, and running.

Brigid Titgemeier, RDN, LD

Brigid Titgemeier is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She holds a master’s of science in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a bachelor’s of science in Dietetics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Brigid began her nutrition career at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. In its Center for Lifestyle Medicine, she contributed to writing and research initiatives for local and national media outlets, developed presentations and created patient educational materials. Brigid also provided corporate wellness services to clients of Cleveland Clinic’s wellness enterprise, creating nutrition strategies, analyzing cafeteria menus and presenting on nutrition-related topics.

Brigid is a published author and co-author for dozens of health and nutrition articles for U.S. News & World Report, the Huffington Post, Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, YouBeauty, ivillage and Stack magazine.

Her personal interests include cooking, practicing yoga, boating, babysitting, and relaxing.

Carolyn C. Wright RN, BSN

Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of San Francisco and upon graduation was commissioned into the United States Army. She spent her four years of duty assigned to Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. Upon completion of her service in the US Army, Carolyn moved to Cleveland, Ohio and eagerly searched for a nursing position at the Cleveland Clinic. She has spent 10 years at Cleveland Clinic, in various roles and departments (Children’s Rehab Hospital, Neuromuscular and Internal Medicine).

As a Clinical Coordinator/ Assistant Nurse Manager, Carolyn is excited to utilize her nursing and leadership skills. She will be working closely with the physician leadership, staff, clinicians and medical assistants to implement standardization, improve clinic flow and experience for patients and providers. Carolyn will also facilitate any opportunities to enhance the care of our patients in Functional Medicine. She is extremely passionate about her role, career and the people for whom she works with, both patients and caregivers. Health, wellness and the education of these topics are very important to Carolyn. In her spare time she loves to be outside in the sunshine, hiking, gardening and running, as well as nurturing her relationships with her family and friends.